AWESOME-tober-fest 2009: Star Wars and Zombies
Okay, one more day until Halloween. I’m going to break with the Frankenstein theme today because, honestly, I’ve done enough Frankenstein. I love the big, lumbering, green guy, but I’ve been up to my pooper in Frankenstein stuff for 2 months now and I’m ready to just put that whole thing on pause for a second. Don’t worry, I’ll go back to Frankenstein (and Boris Karloff) in mid November for the Boris Karloff Birthday Blogathon.
Right now, though, I want to talk about Star Wars…and zombies.
Star Wars and zombies go together like Lennon and McCartney. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Peanut Butter and laaaadies. One thing makes the other better. And for this Halloween season, there are a couple projects that bring Star Wars and zombies together like some awesome Halloween version of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial (where someone gets their chocolate in someone else’s peanut butter).
The first cool, Star Wars zombie item is the book Death Troopers
The book takes place just before Episode IV (A New Hope) and involves a derelict Star Destroyer and an unknown virus. I got the book from my friend, Dr Mike, and I am currently reading it. It’s pretty much as bad ass as you think it is. I’m not sure why Star Wars and horror (and more specifically, zombies) hasn’t been done before, but count me in. EXCEPT, Star Wars really needs to tread lightly here. A virus that makes characters zombie-like is awesome, but I’m not sure I want vampires or werewolves popping up. Actually, I KNOW I don’t want vampires popping up. I love this idea, but it has the potential to get very bad, very quickly.
Unlike every other Star Wars book that is published, this book is a one-shot. It’s not part of some multi-arc storyline in which you have to read 6 other books and 2 other comic books to fully get the story. It’s completely self-contained, like all Star Wars books USED to be in the ’90s. And I love it because of that. These ridiculous 19 book series with in a series are why I stopped reading Star Wars fiction to begin with.
Another cool zombie item? Star Wars zombie posters. There is some really cool zombie artwork on the Official Star Wars Blog Flickr Photostream. There are several zombie versions of the Star Wars posters, like Zombie Wars and Episode III: Revenge of the Zombies (click images to see them BIGGER).
There are also some cool mashup posters like Knights of the Living Dead and Obi-Wan of the Dead (click to see them bigger).
There’s also non-poster art. One of my favorites is Vader’s Dream which features Vader tormented by all the people he has helped kill (on the left). Or the cleverly named “It’s a Trap II” (on the right). Again, click the images to make them bigger. These particular images are done in a style similar to the Star Wars Galaxy trading card set. I really like how these are done.
You can click any of those images to go to the Official Star Wars Blog’s Flickr set (or click here) and see all 19 zombie Star Wars artwork images. They are pretty awesome.
Well, tomorrow is Halloween. Two months of planning and execution and AWESOME-tober-fest 2009 is almost done. Hope you guys have enjoyed it as much as I have. This has definitely been the most fun Halloween Countdown I have been a part of since I started doing it in 2007. Before this year, I couldn’t say that I really appreciated Frankenstein’s monster as a character, but now, he might be my favorite (next to Wolf Man, of course).
Have a safe, and happy Halloween everyone.
Also, check out the blog Countdown to Halloween for more Halloween-y, bloggy AWESOMEness.